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August 2016 Blog Posts (17)

Electives and Requirements

I recently asked a college student, “How are you classified”? “Oh, I don’t know, I’ve been taking mostly courses that I want to take,” she said. Focus on electives, and graduate in 5, 6, 7 years. Focus on requirements, and more likely graduate on time! Life is made up of both electives and requirements, and the Bible helps us separate them. The verses that precede Micah 6:8 ask what kind of sacrifices would please God – burnt offerings, calves one year old, thousands of rams, 10,000 rivers…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on August 30, 2016 at 11:01am — No Comments

The Heresy of Unbalanced Truth

Recently I attended a new church plant and was horrified by the young pastor’s message. His premise was that all Americans are rich in comparison to the rest of the world, and we should feel guilty about that. According to his perspective, our materialism was the biggest hindrance to living the normal Christian life.

Why was I so troubled by this pastor’s earnest sermon? He quoted lots of Bible passages along the way, including the story of the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-22) and the…


Added by Jim Buchan on August 29, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments


“And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him”.


Luke 5:11


            “I’ll Say Yes, Lord”.  These are the simple words of a song sang beautifully and worshipfully by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.  This morning as I listened to this award-winning choir sing with all of their hearts, I began to ponder my own personal journey with the Lord. …


Added by Mark Lockett on August 25, 2016 at 11:50am — No Comments

Your Whac-a-Mole Options

When a friend recently asked me how I was doing, my response was troubling.

“My body and mind seem to be slowing down,” I said, “but my responsibilities seem to be speeding up. That’s a bad combination!”

As I later reflected on that conversation, the Whac-a-Mole arcade game came to mind. As the game begins, the moles pop up fairly slowly, but their speed continually increases until the game finally ends.

This prompted me to think of a story about three young boys who…


Added by Jim Buchan on August 25, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

Excerpts from new book on discipleship - out in Oct

This is to whet your appetite.  The book is available now by request to my email,  I accidentally deleted my post, so here it is again.

Here are two excerpts:

Additional Exercise and Application

For those willing to be challenged and inspired in increased opportunities to share the good news of Christ (gospel) and your personal testimony. I highly recommend reading Born to Reproduce (The Parallel between Physical and Spiritual…


Added by john hoelzel on August 24, 2016 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Reverse Evil -- Live!


Reverse evil—live!


Purge such evil from among you.

Deuteronomy 22:21 MLB


Our Heavenly Father knows us through and through. He is aware when we sincerely want to get rid…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 23, 2016 at 1:44pm — No Comments


“What I am doing you do not understand now,

but afterward you will understand”.   John 13:7


When Michael Jordan was at the height of his career he was the darling of the public media.  The famed NBA player had worked hard to gain the confidence and favor of both local and national reporters.   And so apparently when there were things they knew about Jordan that would potentially diminish his squeaky clean image, they chose…


Added by Mark Lockett on August 19, 2016 at 12:10pm — No Comments

The Illusion of Being in Control

For the past few years, I’ve used a “clicker” to control the PowerPoint slides when I preach. In the old days I had to wait for the guy in the sound booth to advance my slides, but no more!

Being in control is exhilarating, so it’s no wonder I love the PowerPoint clickers. Best of all, they eliminate the need to rely on anyone else to help me while I preach. I…


Added by Jim Buchan on August 19, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back

Have you ever reached the breaking point? Sometimes you can see it coming, but often it sneaks up and catches you unaware.

Running late to the office on a recent Friday morning, I was carrying my laptop computer case, a huge glass of iced tea, and an apple as I left my kitchen. At the last moment, my computer case slipped, causing me to spill a large portion of the iced tea.

Although this was an incredibly minor event, I reacted as if it was the end of the world. I was irate at…


Added by Jim Buchan on August 18, 2016 at 10:06am — No Comments

Cross Shadows

If someone has committed a crime worthy of death and is executed and then hanged on a tree,

the body must never remain on the tree overnight. You must bury the body that same day,

for anyone hanging on a tree is cursed…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 15, 2016 at 12:41pm — No Comments

What Is D-Life?

Living the D-Life means living a lifestyle of discipleship. Think about it. What if you could successfully equip everyone in your ministry to live a lifestyle of discipleship?

This is the purpose of D-Life. With D-Life you place at everyone’s fingertips the power to live out the Great Commission–anytime and…


Added by Bradley Isbell on August 11, 2016 at 10:46am — No Comments


“Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.”  __ Daniel 10:12 [emphasis mine]


Do you find yourself dismayed to the point of prayerlessness when you have experienced no move of God in response to your petitions?

I recently applied for a passport upon visiting the local post office.  The clerk was sure to…


Added by Mark Lockett on August 9, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Love Always

Always love the LORD your God and walk in his ways.  Deuteronomy 19:9 NLT



We have composed many heart letters to God, signing them “love always.” We really meant what we wrote at the time; however, our love has waned now and then. Is it our true intention to love the Lord…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 8, 2016 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Divine Speech Recognition

“At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved”.  Daniel 9:36

“Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words”.  Daniel 10:12

“And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage”.  Daniel 10:19

The key to…


Added by Mark Lockett on August 4, 2016 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Divine Speech Recognition


Added by Mark Lockett on August 4, 2016 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Discipling and Disciplemaking New Christians, Family, and Believers--Spiritual Parenting and Spiritual Grandparenting

The process of discipleship in  Matthew 4:19 and Mark 1:17 was Jesus' call to vocational fishermen to become "Fishers of Men". We see that time and time again as the disciples followed Jesus' example as he grew them to himself in the discipling process.

We need today to speak regarding Spiritual Parenting and Spiritual Grandparenting. In the conversion of Saul of Tarsus (later the Apostle Paul), when on the road to Damascus, he is blinded and needs to have Ananias lay hands on Saul as…


Added by Skip Holman on August 2, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mind Gate

Be on your guard not to let the base thought get the upper hand in your heart.  DEUTERONOMY 15:9 MLB


As we read God’s Word, we should pay attention to waving red flags repeatedly warning us to be careful as we make our way through life. God cautions us to beware of falling into the evil one’s clever trap of compromise…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 1, 2016 at 5:15pm — No Comments

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